Court Upholds Verdict in Courtney Love’s Libel Case
Courtney Love’s victory in a 2014 libel case was upheld by a California appeals court on Monday. The Hole star was accused of libelling lawyer Rhonda Holmes in a 2010 tweet, in which she alleged the attorney took a bribe when she backed out of a legal battle her then-client Love was waging with the managers of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s estate.
Nearly two years ago, a jury cleared Love, deciding it was clear the singer wrote the tweet but did not know the statement was false. Holmes subsequently filed for an appeal, but she lost as the court affirmed the jury’s previous conclusion that Love did not act with malice. “We must view the evidence in the light most favorable to (Love) and give her the benefit of every reasonable inference,” writes Justice Thomas Willhite in documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “Doing so, it would be reasonable for the jury to conclude that by saying that Holmes was bought off, (Love) meant that Holmes had been induced in some manner to stop representing her – whether by consideration or by threat. Moreover, given (Love’s) repeated testimony that she believed Holmes had been ‘compromised’ or ‘gotten to’, substantial evidence supports the jury’s finding that Holmes did not prove by clear and convincing evidence that (Love) knew the statement was false or had serious doubts about the truth of the statement when she made it.” Had Love lost the initial libel case, she would have doled out $8 million to Holmes.